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Us Ending Temporary Permits For Almost 60,000 Haitians

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Haiti suffered severe damage after the earthquake in 2010.

By LUIS ALONSO LUGO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit programme that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.

The Homeland Security Department said conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended one last time — until July 2019 — to give Haitians time to prepare to return home.

"Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent," the department said in a press release. "Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens."

Advocates and members of Congress from both parties had asked the Trump administration for an 18-month extension of the programme, known as Temporary Protected Status. Haitian President Jovenel Moise's government also requested the extension.

Advocates for Haitians say conditions in the island nation haven't improved nearly enough for Haitians to be deported.

While Haiti has made advances spurred by international aid since the quake, the Caribbean nation remains one of the poorest in the world. More than 2.5 million people, roughly a quarter of the population, live on less than $1.23 a day, which authorities there consider extreme poverty.

The United Nations last month ended a peacekeeping mission in Haiti that, at its peak, included more than 10,000 troops. Its new mission is comprised of about 1,300 international civilian police officers and 350 civilians who will help the country try to reform a deeply troubled justice system.

The Homeland Security Department made its announcement 60 days before temporary status for the Haitians is set to expire. In May, the agency extended the programme for only six months instead of the customary 18, and urged Haitians under the programme to get their affairs in order and prepare to go home.

The temporary status covers some 435,000 people from nine countries ravaged by natural disasters or war, who came to the U.S. legally or otherwise. Days after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti in January 2010, President Barack Obama granted the 18-month protection status for Haitians in America who would otherwise have to go home. Obama renewed it every time it ran out.

Monday's decision doesn't affect thousands of Haitians who were taken in by Brazil and other South American countries after the earthquake and began making their way to the United States last year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says 6,424 Haitians showed up at border crossings with Mexico during the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, up from only 334 a year earlier. They were generally paroled to live in the United States on humanitarian grounds.

Since taking office, Trump has ended temporary permit programmes for Sudan and Nicaragua. He postponed until next July a decision on how to deal with a similar program for 86,000 residents from Honduras.

U.S. officials have said conditions in Haiti have significantly improved since the disaster. But advocates for Haitians say a persistent cholera epidemic and damages caused by three hurricanes since 2016 exacerbate the difficulty for returning Haitians.

Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, last week unveiled new legislation to protect undocumented immigrants living under temporary protected status. It would make immigrants under the program eligible to apply for legal permanent residency after three years.

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SP 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Haitians begin sending anchor babies to the rescue ahead of the U.S. get out 2019 deadline.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/20/haiti-immigrants-trump-ronyde-christina-ponthieux

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DDK 3 weeks ago

"HAITI CITIZENSHIP

BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents is a native-born citizen of Haiti, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child born abroad must be registered at the nearest Haitian consulate or embassy for the citizenship to be recognized."

Are we to assume this clever girl's family was unable to locate the Haitian Consulate in Miami?

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TheMadHatter 3 weeks, 1 day ago

With that deadline you can be assured that 60,000 Haitian count will grow to around 450,000 by then.

Their goal is world domination via a global breeding war - which they are winning. Did i say "global"? Yes, global. Check out the Facebook page called "Haitians Everywhere".

There is no poverty in Haiti. The situation there is simple. It is like if you were going throw a birthday party and bought beef patties to bbq and other food and drinks to entertain your 50 guests. On the celebration day 375 people showed up unexpectedly. Would you have enough food and drink for everyone? Of couse not.

That is the situation in Haiti. Traveling via the vaginal canal, too many birthday guests keep "showing up".

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Socrates 3 weeks ago

regardless of conditions in Haiti, it was a 'temporary residence permit program'. anybody who doesnt understand the meaning of 'temporary' should invest in a dictionary. meanwhile, conditions in Haiti will always be difficult unfortunately, similar to Zimbabwe. Certainly not the fault of any of those affected by this. Notwithstanding that fact however, few if any countries accept economic refugees, Cubans being one of the few exceptions.

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SP 3 weeks ago

Haitians are masters of exploiting their children. Unfortunate for the children, but the U.S. and the Bahamas should ignore this ploy and send every damn one of them back to the cesspool which will cause a change in their behavior and put a stop to Haitians breeding for status in someone else's country!

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My2cents 3 weeks ago

I agree. That is a lot of pressure to be placing on a 10 year old. She is an advocate at 10 discussing her parents contribution to the "political, social and economic fabric," of the US? She is clearly their puppet. Having kids so they can launch emotional appeals in an attempt to override or change laws is disgusting and irresponsible.

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sheeprunner12 3 weeks ago

Let us brace for another mass influx of Haitians as this 60,000 try to return to the USA ....... smh

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Sickened 3 weeks ago

Only 60,000? Shit... we got more than that just in Nassau!

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Cas0072 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I don't think they will come to The Bahamas. The US is vast and they will most likely move on to another state to live like obedient illegal immigrants. Only in The Bahamas can an illegal immigrant boldly show their face, and provide their name and location with no repercussions.

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